From the Morning Memo:

Buffalo real-estate developer Carl Paladino in a radio interview this weekend knocked the record of his potential 2018 opponent for the Republican gubernatorial nomination: Rep. Chris Gibson.

In an interview with Bill Samuels’s AM 970’s Effective Radio show, Paladino called Gibson, a retired Army colonel who is departing Congress after three terms this year, “a great guy” ho has unfortunately caught “Washington-itis.”

“He’s caught this dreadful disease that is, without question—we can call it many other names like ‘establishment’ or ‘RINO,’” Paladino said in the interview. “It’s the inability, it’s the paralyzing factor in the lives of these people to have to really deal with reality once they’re down there for one term or two terms. They get into that Washington syndrome. They sorta lose track of things.”

The criticism from Paladino came after Gibson knocked Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, telling Samuels in a previous interview he would “have concerns about giving that guy an army.”

Paladino has been a vocal proponent of Trump’s presidential campaign.

Gibson, along with Paladino and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, is among the GOP candidates considering a run for governor in 2018.

Paladino was the party’s nominee in 2010, Astorino was nominated in 2014. Also considering statewide campaigns in 2018 are Rockland County Executive Ed Day, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and businessman Harry Wilson.

Gibson has emphasized his pragmatic stances on issues and holds moderate views on issues such as same-sex marriage.

Meanwhile, Paladino took several swings at the Legislature, saying state lawmakers can’t “get out of their own way” to pass ethics legislation following the conviction of both legislative leaders last year.

Paladino had been highly critical of both Republican Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver prior to their indictments and eventual convictions.

“It’s probably the quality of the people we send there. We send weak people, weak people who want to be led,” Paladino said. “They’re not leaders. They’re weak. They follow. Most of them are followers. And they’re connivers.”

Silver, for instance, held power for far too long.

“Talk about a poster-child for term limits,” Paladino said. “This guy, he served in a capacity as a leader and built so much power that it was just unquestioned that anybody challenge him.”